Stephen Fahey: Last Chance to Blaspheme

In light of the current referendum to decide if the word “Blasphemous” should be removed from Article 40.6.1(i) of the Irish Constitution, let’s explore what the word Blasphemy really means.


“Blasphemy” is defined as “sacrilege against God or sacred things.” So then, what does the word “sacrilege” mean? Well, it’s defined as a “violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred”. Naturally, we must now look at the word “Sacred”, which is defined as “connected with God or a god or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration. “God” being “a superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes”.


“Superhuman” is “having or showing exceptional ability or powers”. “Exceptional” is “unusual; not typical”. “Unusual” is “remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others”. “Remarkable” is “worthy of attention; striking”. “Worthy” is defined as “deserving effort, attention, or respect”. To “deserve” is to “do something or have or show qualities worthy of (a reaction which rewards or punishes as appropriate)”. “Appropriate” [verb] is to “devote (money or assets) to a special purpose”. To “devote [archaic]”, is to “invoke or pronounce a curse upon”. A “curse” being “an offensive word or phrase used to express anger or annoyance”. And while “offense” is defined as “actively aggressive; attacking”. “Aggressive” is defined as “behaving or done in a determined and forceful way”,       or what one may also call, “doctrine”. And because “doctrine” is defined as “a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party or other group”, is “blasphemy” not actually the worthy act of taking a stand against the aggressive and the offensive? And is such an effort not a sacred act in itself? If this is right, and it is, (I asked around at the last Annual General Meeting of sane people) then “blasphemy” itself is actually blasphemous of blasphemy.


In light of this new knowledge, the question now is: As living beings, is our duty to question ourselves and our environment being superseded by outside bodies? Of course, the answer is Yes (as evidenced by their telling us what to think, i.e. what to “venerate”). But these outside bodies are doing so only by our giving them permission to. These entities wage a war of thoughts. And as such, the gaping weakness in their strategy (so gaping in fact that it is all that we know and is thus practically invisible to us), is that it takes nothing more than thoughts to defeat them.


Now that that’s resolved, let us mere mortals also never ask what today’s revelation means for other doctrines. We need not look too closely at them. We can implicitly trust the Church and all others in positions of power. None have ever acted in a scandalous, self-serving or despicable manner. In accordance with doctrine; we should never think for ourselves in such a way as might contradict the official policies of those in power, which makes perfect sense – when you think about it.


So what can we deduce from this cyclical, thorny crown of grammatical entrapment called “blaspheming”? Should we avoid it? Should we ignore it? Or should we forgive it, as we would have Jesus have us do? Should we exercise our remarkable, God given abilities, and alter the worth of words? Should we curse any offensive or aggressive use of power or should we just comply? We wouldn’t want our eternal souls to burn in a subterranean oven now, would we? Especially considering that a disembodied soul has, by definition, no skin, flesh, blood or nerve endings with which to feel any physical pain – not that any omnipotent deity worth their salt wouldn’t know that to begin with, or wouldn’t know that we’d eventually figure that out for ourselves.


However you feel about it, remember to not ask if it is more blasphemous to not challenge our own understanding of the marvels of creation, including ourselves. We do not deserve to deem ourselves as being sacred and, in doing so, free ourselves from “blasphemy” once and for all. It is not appropriate [adjective] that we recreate ourselves and become something magical, or even Godly, by renouncing the handing over of our free will to those tell us what to do and what to think and what to feel. Because, as you have learned today, the devil is in the details. Heaven’s scribes are infallible, we must fear them irrationally and never doubt their talent or intent. For they wield their pens like cannon and they stab beyond the hilt.

Stephen Fahey

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